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Journalists no longer safe in Britain
Story of the chilling clash of the GCHQ (British "intelligence" spy agency) with the GUARDIAN newspaper over the Guardian's computer files and information from the Snowden documents: "... one of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian's long history occurred – with two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian's basement just to make sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal which could possibly be of any interest to passing Chinese agents. 'We can call off the black helicopters,' joked one as we swept up the remains of a MacBook Pro." -- it may not be long before it will be impossible for journalists to have confidential sources.
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Event Reminders:

Oceanside International Film Festival
Thursday, 08/22/2013
The Oceanside International Film Festival begins Thursday, Aug. 22, and runs through Aug. 25 at the Star Theater in Oceanside, with film screenings and other events scheduled for each day. In addition to presenting independent films from around the world, the film festival will include a number of sessions on film making workshops, for example, Friday’s Screenwriter’s Workshop. Read more about the schedule in the full details section.

Public Workshop on Climate Action Plan
Thursday, 08/22/2013
The City of Carlsbad will hold a workshop to discuss a proposed Climate Action Plan, which is being developed to help the city meet state mandates for reducing greenhouse gases while supporting a community goal of promoting a sustainable environment. The purpose of the workshop will be to provide estimates of current and future emissions for Carlsbad, describe reduction targets and gather input from the public on possible measures to meet those targets.

BV Creek Valley and Marron Adobe Mini Tour
Saturday, 09/21/2013
Last Chance: History/Nature Mini Tour of the Buena Vista Creek Valley. Walk in the valley and the grounds of the historic Marron Adobe. See it before it is too late! This historic adobe and the land surrounding it is identified as one of the 12 most endangered historic sites in all of San Diego County.

This 'N That

Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict -- alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.
- Dorothy Thompson

Nonviolence doesn't always work -- but violence never does.
- Madge Michaels-Cyrus

We are, each of us angels with only one wing; and we can only fly by embracing one another.
- Luciano de Crescenzo

In order to find the edge, you must risk going over the edge.
- Dennis Dugan

We cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life.
- A. J. Muste

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.
- Robert Lynd (1879-1949), Anglo-Irish essayist, journalist

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
- E. F. Schumacher

Every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
- Isaiah 40:4-5

If it were proved to me that in making war, my ideal had a chance of being realized, I would still say "No" to war. For one does not create human society on mounds of corpses.
- Louis Lecoin, French pacifist leader

Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought.
- Graham Greene, 1981

Gandhi once declared that it was his wife who unwittingly taught him the effectiveness of nonviolence. Who better than women should know that battles can be won without resort to physical strength? Who better than we should know all the power that resides in noncooperation?
- Barbara Deming

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
- Martin Luther King

In all the ways you can,
- In all the places you can,

The bomb that fell on Hiroshima fell on America, too.
- Hermann Hagedorn

Men are so accustomed to maintaining external order by violence that they cannot conceive of life being possible without violence.
- Leo Tolstoy

It belongs to the very substance of nonviolence never to destroy or damage another person's feeling of self worth, even an opponent's. We all need, constantly, an advance of trust and affirmation.
- Bernard Haring

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
- John F. Kennedy

Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is.
- Will Rogers

Only in the last moment in history has the delusion arisen that people can flourish apart from the rest of the living world.
- E.O. Wilson

All works of love are works of peace.
- Mother Teresa

Angels can fly because they take themselves so lightly.
- G.K. Chesterton

War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.
- Norman Cousins

By logic and reason we die hourly. By imagination we live.
- John Butler Yeats

Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them...he cried, "Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?"...God said, "I did do something. I made you."
- Sufi Teaching

In History, stagnant waters, whether they be the stagnant waters of custom or those of despotism, harbour no life; life is dependent on the ripples created by a few eccentric individuals. In homage to that life & vitality, the community has to brave certain perils and must countenance a measure of heresy. One must live dangerously if one wants to live at all.
- Herbert Read

The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.
- Heda Bejar

It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.
- Irish Proverb

In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

But the wisdom from above is pure, first of all; it is also peaceful, gentle and friendly; it is full of compassion and produces a harvest of good deals,; it is free from prejudice and hypocrisy.
- James 3:17

A Rattlesnake, if Cornered will become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is -- a biting of oneself. We think we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves.
- E. Stanley Jones

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell

God grant me the courage to change the things I can, the patience to accept the things I can't, and the wisdom to know the difference.
- The Serenity Prayer

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see, and to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look.
- From a letter written by Fra Giovanni, 1513

When someone steals another's clothes, we call them a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.
- Basil the Great

. . . [T]o live not with hands clenched to grasp, to strike, to hold tight to a life that is always slipping away the more tightly we hold it, but . . . to live with the hands stretched out both to give and receive with gladness.
- (Carl) Frederick Buechner

I don't do great things. I do small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

I stand at the altar of murdered men, and, while I live, I fight their cause.
- Florence Nightingale, 1856

If you see good in people, you radiate a harmonious loving energy which uplifts those who are around you. If you can maintain this habit, this energy will turn into a steady flow of love.
- Annamalai Swami

When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist.
- Archbishop Helder Camara, Brazilian liberation theologist

The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.
- Baha'ullah

Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.
- H.L. Mencken

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
- Buddha

Do it big or stay in bed.
- Larry Kelly

I really see no other solution than to turn inwards and to root out all the rottenness there. I no longer believe that we can change anything in the world until we first change ourselves. And that seems to me the only lesson to be learned from this war.
- Etty Hillesum (concentration camp victim)

He who can control his rising anger as a coachman controls his carriage at full speed, this man I call a good driver; others merely hold the reins.
- Gautama Buddha

There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.
- A.J. Muste

The destiny of humans cannot be separated from the destiny of earth.
- Thomas Berry

Our future on this planet, exposed as it is to nuclear annihilation, depends one one single factor: humanity must make a moral about-face.
- Pope John Paul II

The first casualty when war comes is truth.
- Senator Hiram Johnson, 1917

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
- Andre Gide

A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.
- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
- Dante

Peace we want because there is another war to fight against poverty, disease and ignorance.
- Indira Gandhi, 1966

A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
- Adlai Stevenson

Aye, fight! But not your neighbor. Fight rather all the things that cause you and your neighbor to fight.
- Mikhail Naim

The arms race can kill, though the weapons themselves may never be used...by their cost alone, armaments kill the poor by causing them to starve.
- Vatican statement to the U.N., 1976

Peace is not the product of a victory or a command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions.
- Oscar Arias

Productive work, love and thought are possible only if a person can be, when necessary, quiet and alone. To be able to listen to oneself is the necessary condition for relating oneself to others.
- Erich Fromm

Articles & News:

I do not accept your apology, Pvt Bradley Manning
Last week Pvt. Bradley Manning offered an apology, at the end of his six week long trial. J. Howard Crews of Fallbrook, a member of the S.D. Veterans for Peace, tell why he does not accept Manning's apology.

Fukushima apocalypse: Millions of Deaths??
Fukushima operator TEPCO wants to extract 400 tons worth of spent fuel rods stored in a pool at the plant's damaged Reactor No. 4. The removal would have to be done manually from the top store of the damaged building in the radiation-contaminated environment. -- In the worst-case scenario, a mishandled rod may go critical, resulting in an above-ground meltdown releasing radioactive fallout with no way to stop it, said Consolo, who is the founder and host of Nuked Radio. But leaving the things as they are is not an option, because statistical risk of a similarly bad outcome increases every day, she said. (From RT.com)

NSA attacks gay partner of Guardian reporter?
American award winning journalist, Laura Paitras, is considered by the NSA to be a terrorist because her writing pen is a dangerous weapon. Because she gave an interview to Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, the gay partner of Greenwald, David Miranda was detained for 9 hours and interrogated at London Heathrow. David's laptop and cellphone were confiscated. This abuse of the gay partner of a gay journalist because they dared speak with LAURA POITRAS. My, my, my! What a powerful weapon little laura wields -- a writing pen! And we haven't seen such abuse of a partner like this since GW Bush and Dick Cheney attacked the wife of U.S. diplomat Joe Wilson because of his expose of lies of the Bush administration about yellowcake uranium from Niger. Remember Valerie Plame? Like Bush, like Obama.

Govt. trying to intimidate journalist Greenwald
SETTING A new low in the war on civil liberties, the British government detained Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald's partner, David Miranda, for nine hours at London Heathrow Airport on August 18, using an anti-terrorism law to justify its actions. -- Miranda, who had been a visiting documentary filmmaker in Berlin and was making a stopover at Heathrow on the way back to Rio de Janeiro, where he lives with Greenwald, was detained under a section of Britain's Terrorism Act 2000, which allows people to be detained at airports or border areas for questioning for up to nine hours before being either arrested or released.

Govt. calls for 60 years for Pvt. Bradley Manning
(Aug. 19) - On the final day of litigation in Bradley Manning's court martial, we saw a government dead set on persecuting a whistle-blower to deter those who he might inspire, and a defense intent on salvaging the young soldier's future. "Perhaps his biggest crime is that Manning cared about the loss of life," David Coombs, defense attorney, said of Manning, asking the judge to account for his pure intentions. Manning explained in February that he was disturbed by the "seemingly delightful bloodlust" his fellow soldiers displayed when gunning down unarmed civilians and journalists in the Collateral Murder video. Coombs portrayed Manning as a humanist, someone who cared not only for American troops but also for contractors and local nationals in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The death of secure cloud computing in the US
Once Edward Snowden's use of the email service on Lavabit was public, it was perhaps a given that Lavabit would be targeted by the US. -- Ladar Levison, the owner and operator of Lavabit, an email service that prides itself on privacy and security, abruptly closed his website, posting a short message to his former users. "I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly 10 years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit," he wrote. "After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot."

Angry man confronts GOP rep over NSA spying

“The DEA and the IRS are getting information from the NSA and using it to frame American citizens and then lying about where they got the information,” Dax Ewbank of Oklahoma City said at the event. “This is what is happening. Now, what happens if the government becomes politically against my belief system or my lifestyle?” Republican Congressman James Lankford of Oklahoma received a verbal lashing at a town hall meeting on Tuesday from a man upset with the National Security Agency’s surveillance program. Ewbank was referring to documents recently obtained by Reuters that showed the NSA was providing data to the Special Operations Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA Special Operations Division in turn was sending tips to both local authorities and federal agencies, including the IRS, to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.

Mayor Filner Alleged behavior not so extraordinary
Pundits are gorging on the cornucopia of Filner's reported sins. Activists sup on the sweet revenge of a proposed recall. Political and legal consultants line up at the all-you-can-eat campaign bucks buffet. But Filner’s alleged sexual misconduct is not extraordinary. It is all too ordinary. In fact, it is pretty much a norm for women to be subjected to the uninvited tushy-grabbing, tongue-inserting, dirty-talking misadventures of which Filner is accused. By Kit-Bacon Gressitt of Fallbrook See also commentary by Lori Saldana

Greenwald retaliation: to publish UK spy secrets
Journalist Glenn Greenwald says he is more determined to expose UK and US spying after partner was detained in UK under terrorism law. who revealed mass surveillance by the US authorities has said he will not be deterred from further reporting after the British government detained his partner and confiscated electronic data. -- Glenn Greenwald said on Monday that the UK would regret the detention of David Miranda, who was held for nine hours under an anti-terrorism law at London's Heathrow Airport. His electronic devices were confiscated and he was questioned about his private life.

Cartoons of the Week

Stand your ground on global warming.

Pope Francis has a 'Woman Problem'

Equal Justice under the law.

Cementing a fatal foundation for America

Social climate change

Gay Marriage in California

Dr. Strangelove takes a dangerous ride

I am fearful for the Patient

Nixon's ghost haunts the White House again

Why do you hate us?

Latinos' love for Arizona!

Obama, the negotiator

Please don't make me do this!

Unions & the Middle Class

Obama plays poker with GOP

The Abuse, torture of whistleblower Pvt. Manning

It's time to STOP THE ABUSE of Pvt. Bradley Manning and other whistleblowers. Appearances: Maggie Gyllenhaal Roger Waters Oliver Stone Daniel Ellsberg Phil Donahue Michael Ratner Alice Walker Tom Morello Matt Taibbi Peter Sarsgaard Angela Davis Moby Molly Crabapple Tim DeChristopher LT Dan Choi Bishop George Packard Russell Brand Allan Nairn Chris Hedges Wallace Shawn Adhaf Soueif Josh Stieber Michael Ratner

Issa awarded Climate Change Denier award
Members of the national, California, and San Diego Leagues of Conservation Voters will deliver a climate change denier award to Rep. Darrell Issa in recognition of his extreme anti-science views, which put him at odds with 97 percent of scientists and a majority of the American people. The event is part of a "Day of Action" held nationally in coordination with Organizing for Action to hold climate change deniers accountable. ...[Issa] actively impeding federal action, pledging to hold hearings on the 'Politicization of Science,' and calling for greater oversight of the EPA's regulations of greenhouse gases," said Livia Borak, President of the San Diego League of Conservation Voters.

Manning Video:American troops slaughter civilians

Video depicts a US Apache attack helicopter killing 12 civilians and wounding two children on the ground in Baghdad in 2007. The helicopter then fired on and killed the people trying to rescue the wounded. Finally, a US tank drove over one of the bodies, cutting the man in half. These acts constitute three separate war crimes. All with calloused video-game contempt for human life. - Manning fulfilled his legal duty to report war crimes. He complied with his legal duty to obey lawful orders but also his legal duty to disobey unlawful orders. -- The Army covered up the evidence and declared the war crime "justified". Now they say that exposing the massacre is criminal.


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News that did not make our deadline:

Young journalist arrested filming XL Pipeline

Jak of JNL media describes his arrest while filming the Keystone XL pipeline and the aftermath that prevents him from speaking out against the pipeline. Under this legal injunction Jak faces 1 year in jail or 3 years supervised probation if decides to speak out against the pipeline. The War against journalists and First Amendment rights for Free Press unabated.

US officials terrorized by reporter's writing pen

DEMOCRACY NOW - Journalist Laura Poitras, described as the connection between whistleblower Edward Snowden and the reporters for The Guardian and The Washington Post who published Snowden's leaked documents about government surveillance. Poitras shared a byline on two of the key articles about the ongoing NSA revelations, and filmed the Guardian interview in Hong Kong in which Snowden went public with his identity. But well before she took on Snowden's case, Poitras has come face to face with issues of privacy and state surveillance over her work as a documentary filmmaker. In an excerpt of an April 2012 interview on Democracy Now!, Poitras discusses her repeated detention and interrogation by federal agents whenever she enters the United States.

NSA director lying at US Senate hearing on drones

This is PERJURY ! - March 12, 2013- Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asks questions in Senate Intelligence Committee on warrantless geolocation surveillance and National Security Agency tracking. -- One viewer wrote "Lie, after lie, after lie. They track, they spy, they have everyone's emails and phone calls. We know all about the way this regime is treating it's citizens. IRS, AP, FOX reporter Rosen. Do YOU still trust Obama and his thugs? Wake up!" -- In fact, after the newly leaked documents from the Guardian, we know the NSA director, James Clapper was lying to the senators. We await the prosecution of Clapper for perjury.
Sign the PETITION for prosecution of CLAPPER:

Ohio Bank Forecloses On Wrong Home

Katie Barnett only wants her stuff back. She says all her possessions in Vinton County, Ohio, disappeared when Wellston First National Bank confused her home with the house across the street, foreclosed on it, changed the locks, and then sold or trashed everything -- all while she was out of town for two weeks. Worse still, Barnett says an itemized list requesting the bank pay her $18,000 so she can replace everything has only been met with ridicule from the bank's president.

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Columbus did not discover the United States

Why do we even celebrate Columbus Day in the United States? Watch 1492 and hear Ward Churchill set the record straight about Columbus and the Doctrine of Discovery.

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